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Telecom Leadership Forum is an annual meeting of the Indian telecom leaders and other industry stakeholders. It is a platform to meet, discuss, and explore new and emerging business models, technology options, revenue streams and changing customer expectations. The objective is to help telecom leaders grow their business with better and newer services

1 Day

Forum & Awards

Power Hour

CEO Roundtable


Telecom Leaders


Eminent Speakers

360 °

Degree Marketing Platform


Telco Category Awards

3 +

Telco Leadership Awards


Focused Breakout Sessions

Jury Members

Jury Meet

13th Februay 2019

Aruna Sundararajan

Secretary, Dept of Telecom
(Jury Chair)

Sandip Das

Former CEO, Hutchison Max & former MD, Reliance Jio

Rajan Mathews

Director General, COAI

Sanjay Kaul

Head of Asia Pacific & Japan, Service Provider Business, Cisco India & SAARC

Ajey Mehta

MD, HMD Global

Dr Anand Agarwal

Group CEO, Sterlite Technologies

Arun Karna

MD, AT&T India

Sanjay Malik

MD, Nokia India

Vijay Sethi

Group CIO, Head HR & CSR, Hero Motocorp

Rajen Vagadia

MD, Qualcomm India

Munish Seth

Country Director, Google India

Pradeep Gupta

CMD, CyberMedia & Jury Vice Chair


Time Sessions
08:30 - 9:15 AM Registrations & Welcome Tea
09:15-09:30 AM Welcome Address
  • Ibrahim Ahmad, Group Editor, CyberMedia
09:30-09:45 AM Intro: Forecast & Action Strategies 2019

What does the Indian telecom ecosystem (operators, equipment and solution vendors, apps players, policy makers and regulator) need to focus on in the next 12 months in the wake of the data wave, the consolidation, and the user's changing profile and requirements

  • Dr Rajat Kathuria, CEO & Director, ICRIER (*)
09:45-10:00 AM Consumer 2.0

How will todays' consumer look like 5 years from now, and how emerging technologies like are digital, AI & VR are going to be leveraged to cater to the evolving customer needs.

Keynote Address:
  • Harmeen Mehta, Group CIO, Bharti Airtel
10:00 – 10:30 AM Inaugural: Building Blocks for Digital India

How does the telecom sector and eco-system need to align itself for meetings demands of a diverse, growing, quality and cost conscious, data driven, and highly competitive market?

  • RS Sharma, Chairman, TRAI (*)
10:30 – 11:00 AM Digital Network for Digital Indian

What will be the requirements and challenges in building and rolling out networks that will cater to the new generation digital citizens as operators move from 3G to 4G/LTE to now 5G and IoT – at work and at play. What technologies and innovations will ensure that these networks are robust, agile, and flexible; and networks that allow users more power to customize.

  • Balesh Sharma, CEO, Vodafone Idea
  • Gopal Vittal, CEO & MD, Airtel (India & South Asia)(*)
11:00 – 11:15 AM Networking Tea Break
11:15 – 11:30 AM The People's Network

The power of a next generation digital network that allow users more power to customize (at work & play)

  • Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL(*)
  • Mathew Oommen, President, RJio (*)
11:30 – 12:15 PM Panel Discussion

Secure Networks for Work & Play
How will operators ensure that their networks are safe & secure for the digital Indian, as a big chunk of her daily work and life activities will have a digital touchpoint. With so many types of networks co-existing, with connected gadgets, homes, and automobiles, and apps & OOT on top of this all, what is the way forward for data security and privacy to be paramount.

12:15 – 1:15 PM Optic Fiber - Building Block # 1

Why a high-quality high capacity fiber optic national level network will be critical for the digital infrastructure of the country - for operators, governments, enterprises and consumers to be able to offer and experience services (govt, health, entertainment, retail, education etc) at the work place as well as home

  • Akhil Gupta, Chairman, Bharti Infratel
  • TV Ramachandran, President, BIF
  • Abhay Savargaonkar, ex-CTO, Airtel
  • Bimal Dayal, CEO, Indus Towers (*)
  • Puneet Chawla, CMD, Railtel(*)
1:15 – 2:15 PM Networking Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 PM Cisco Captain’s Roundtable: By Invitation Only
  • TR Dua, DG, TAIPA
  • Ashutosh Vasant, Director (POM), Railtel
  • Sridhar Krish, COO, Tikona Telecom*
  • Kapil Ahuja, CEO (North), Rjio*
  • Sudhir Narang, MD, BT India *
  • Lt. Gen. Dr. S P Kochhar, CEO, TSSC *
  • Vipin Tyagi, ED, CDoT *
  • S.K Gupta, Secretary, TRAI *
  • Krishna K, CTO, Hughes Communications *
  • Neeta Verma, DG, NIC *
  • Seshagiri Rao, CMD, TCIL *
  • Anil Jain, CGM-NGN, BSNL *
  • Rajan Mathews, DG, COAI(*)
2:00 – 2:45 PM Network is the Net Worth

How telco networks will radically evolve in the face of open systems, 5G transition, changing digital native profiles and demands, and increasing partner collaboration.

  • Ashwani Khillan, COO, ATC
  • Shyam Mardikar, CTO, Rjio(*)
  • Vishant Vora, CTO, Vodafone Idea (*)
  • Harmeen Mehta, Group CIO, Airtel(*)
2:45 – 3:30 PM Smartphone 2.0:

How smartphones will be the gamechanger? How handset technologies, manufacturers & operators need to work together to make smartphones that can leverage the new network in terms of apps, services, and information to truly help bridge the digital divide

  • Josh Foulger, MD, Foxconn India (*)
  • Ajey Mehta, MD, HMD Global(*)
  • Sandeep Sekhon, CTO, Airtel(*)
3:30 – 5:00 PM Valedictory Session

Valedictory Keynote
  • Aruna Sundararajan, Secy, DoT(*)
Voice&Data Leadership Awards
Digital Disruption & Consolidation (Keynote & Panel)
Jury Awards
5:00 PM Followed by Networking Tea
(*) Invited Speakers

Hall of Fame :Telecom Person of the Year

Mukesh Ambani
Gopal Vittal
Dr Rahul Khullar
Himanshu Kapania
Marten Pieters
Sanjay Kapoor
Sanjeev Aga
Anil Sardana
Manoj Kohli
N Srinath
Anil Ambani

Invited Speakers

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